I think about last year and know I probably could have done more—for myself, my husband, my family, and others. On the other hand, I could have done less.
So I’ve got a couple choices when I think about 2011.1. I can beat myself up. Tell myself I didn’t have that productive a year and could have done better. Could have done more, lots more.
2. Or I can list what I did that was generous, productive, helpful, or kind. It can be an eye-opener, those times you did for others before you did for yourself.
But I need to think about balance, too. This year, I plan to do for others, but I plan to do for myself, too. I plan to work on a tough new project. I'm going to try to sell one of my children's or YA books. I'm going to continue my blog. I plan to support any friend who needs it, since so many people supported me this past year when I needed it.
So 2012 is an open slate, and so am I. Do I record the good and the bad from 2011? Erase the good and agonize over the bad? Erase the bad and pat myself on the back?
It’s up to me. I want to do it all. Oops, Gloria Steinem is sneaking in.
Correction: I want 2012 to be a good year. And I want the choices I make to be mine.How about you?